2005 BMW X5 vs. 1988 Subaru XT

To start off, 2005 BMW X5 is newer by 17 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Subaru XT. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Subaru XT would be higher. At 2,926 cc (6 cylinders), 2005 BMW X5 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2005 BMW X5 (215 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 81 more horse power than 1988 Subaru XT. (134 HP @ 5600 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2005 BMW X5 should accelerate faster than 1988 Subaru XT. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 BMW X5 weights approximately 1010 kg more than 1988 Subaru XT. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are four wheel drive (4WD) - it offers better handling, traction, and control in all driving conditions compared with front wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2005 BMW X5 (520 Nm @ 2000 RPM) has 324 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Subaru XT. (196 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2005 BMW X5 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Subaru XT.

Compare all specifications:

2005 BMW X5 1988 Subaru XT
Make BMW Subaru
Model X5 XT
Year Released 2005 1988
Body Type SUV Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2926 cc 1781 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 215 HP 134 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 520 Nm 196 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 92 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 67 mm
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 2170 kg 1160 kg
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1720 mm 1340 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2470 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 93 L 60 L


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